Mouse House sees a best selling gay author looking for inspiration to finish off his latest book. To find it, the socially anxious Carson decides to spend a few weeks back at the isolated cabin where he and his brother grew up. His hopes of peace, quiet, and serenity are dashed pretty quickly when an intruder breaks into the cottage in the middle of the nigh to rob it. The robber, Troy is quickly knocked out with a bottle of wine too good to have wasted on him and wakes up the next morning chained to a bed.
With much more going on than initially meets the eye, Mouse House is a thriller that sees Carson and Troy engage in a battle of wills while putting both men in opposition to their morality and compassions on the way to a major second act twist that changes everything.
The first act is a bit of a question mark, with big unknowns surrounding why Carson doesn’t get the police involved or what he possibly expects as the outcome to all this. It’s largely some bonding time between a very odd couple. That said, the second act, coming with a big twist, ratchets up the tension and the cast, Mike Thomson (Carson), William Varreault Milner (Troy), and Bob Lackey (Thomas-who shows up later), do a good job keeping the suspense and intrigue going.
Despite a few very questionable decisions from the characters that require a higher then earned suspension of disbelief, the core of Mouse House is solid and interesting. I wouldn’t call it a thrill ride but it does manage, mainly after the big twist in the second act, to keep you guessing as to what’s going to happen next. It does a good job keeping you on the hook, needing to know how it’s all going to play out in the end.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think. Were you on the edge of your seat? Did you think the Mouse House had a weak foundation? Join the discussion and let me know in the comments below.
Mouse House runs at the Ottawa Little Theatre until May 21st. Full info: ottawalittletheatre.com